Join RTS Scotland for this unique opportunity to hear from the creatives on a new programme about to spring onto our TV screens.
The fascinating world of animation is brought to life by our award-winning experts including Drew Roper, Yamination Studios; Jo Dunlop, Production Manager; Rachael Redfern, The Character Shop; and freelance animator Fraser Ntukula. Discussion hosted by BBC Three’s Ava Patel.
The series is set to be written by Steve Dildarian, creator of The Life and Times of Tim, and executive produced by Dildarian and animator Nick Weidenfeld.
The animation series follows Tom and the grown-ups in his life, who have the best intentions but struggle to set a good example for him to follow.
Resisting against being corrupted by the immoral behaviours of the adults around him, just leaving the house causes a war against the bad influences that are everywhere.
“Make your face known… just apply and pitch for stuff, even if you might feel out of your depth,” said young 2D animator and film-maker Elmaz Ekrem. “Someone will eventually take a chance on you.”
Ekrem’s film (made with Dominika Ożyńska) about the refugee crisis in Europe, The Law of The Sea, was part of Channel 4’s short-film strand, Random Acts.
The four-strong panel offered advice to the many young animators in the audience.
The awards celebrate the best of student television talent, showcasing undergraduate and postgraduate films from 23 universities.
The films were awarded in the categories Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual, News and Short Form, as well as the craft skills categories Camerawork, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Writing.
Steve Smith, the founder of London-based animation studio Beakus and Olobob Top producer, described the hard work and personal risk involved in getting an animation idea commissioned for television. He discussed the development of the characters, how the animations were refined to make the production process manageable and gave the audience a glimpse into the incredible amount of planning required in producing a series.
The multiplayer entertainment platform will show 65 episodes of the 1983 animated series, which follows a cyborg police detective as he fights crime with the help of his bionic gadgets attached to his body.
Classic episodes will air in five-hour time blocks from 6pm GMT on 17 December up until 5pm GMT on Christmas Eve on Twitch Presents.
A crowd of animation fans were let in on those secrets and more at the very first “Animorsels” evening at Antenna, Nottingham in late October.
Aardman model maker Jim Parkyn was the star attraction at the evening event, which was organised by the Nottingham-based animation and production company, Bottletop and sponsored by RTS Midlands.
The RIFA awards recognise the best short films, of up to 30 minutes in length, which will be judged by a panel of experts from academia and the film industry. The the winners will receive a trophy and £2,000 in prize money for future filmmaking projects.
This year's panel includes Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of All 4, Channel 4 Television and Matthew Reisz from Times Higher Education.